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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Gomphosus varius
      Max. size: 30.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 2 - 30 m
      Distribution: eastern Indian Ocean to the Hawaiian, Marquesan and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to Rowley Shoals and Lord Howe and Rapa islands. Replaced by Gomphosus caeruleus in the Indian Ocean.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 11. Identified by long snout when adult and distinguished by color or geography from its sibling G. caeruleus. Small juveniles lack the elongate snout.
      Biology: Found in coral-rich areas of lagoon and seaward reefs to a depth of at least 30 m. Feeds mainly on small benthic crustaceans, sometimes on small fishes, brittle stars, and mollusks
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 83°F (24 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of benthic invertebrate and small fishes. Requires a meaty diet, including chopped fish and shrimp flesh, fortified brine shrimp, mysis, black worms and other meaty type frozen foods. Two or three feedings per day. Sometimes bury themselves if extremely frightened. Usually, they sleep under rock shelves, on or under a coral branch, in a crevice, or directly on the sand surface, however, providing a deep sandbed of about 4 inches (10 cm) of fine-grained sand would be a good idea. Hardy, however, almost always moving and a difficult fish to adequately feed. Can cause stress to its tankmates
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